San Marcos Prepares to Host Biennial Education Forum in October

Creating a stronger future for education in San Marcos from kindergarten through college will be addressed on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6 to 7:30 pm in a special forum that brings together the City's mayor and leaders of the San Marcos Unified School District, Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos. 

The forum, held every two years, offers a unique opportunity for the community to hear from leaders of its three key school systems --- K-12, community college and state university --- that together serve about 60,000 students in the North County region. 

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Home Bidding Wars May be Easing

San Diego County remains one of the most competitive housing markets in the nation, but local bidding matches appear to be easing, shows an analysis from online real estate brokerage Redfin. Competition softened in July due to an increase in listings and mortgage rates.

More than 70 percent of deals reviewed by Redfin in July faced multiple bids, a drop from 82 percent in June and a drop from 73 percent a year ago, based on the brokerage's data. The national rate is 63 percent.

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More students calling CSUSM home

Latest phase of The Quad apartments means 308 more beds in the school’s inventory.

 Cal State San Marcos will house about 10 percent of its student population this school year, with Friday’s opening of phase two of The Quad university-affiliated apartments.

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Bonnie Maloney Named 2013 Five Star Professional Real Estate Agent

For the 2nd consecutive year San Diego Magazine has honored me by recognizing my dedication and customer service to my real estate clients.

The Five Star Real Estate Agent Program is designed to identify real estate agents in a San Diego who satisfy objective criteria that are associated with providing quality services to clients.

Award candidates are identified through nominations received by consumers. To receive the Five Star Real Estate Agent award, a real estate agent must satisfy five objective eligibility and evaluation criteria that are associated with real estate agents who provide quality services to their clients. The award process is conducted annually.

Recent homebuyers are asked to evaluate real estate agents with whom they have worked and evaluate them based upon ten criteria. Recent homebuyers may evaluate up to two real estate agents in order to measure the experience associated with the purchase and sale side of a move. Self-nominations are not accepted.

In order to be named a Five Star Real Estate Agent, an individual must hold a current real estate license and be in good standing. The final list of Five Star Real Estate Agents includes less than 7% of the real estate agents in a market.

If you are in the market for outstanding service, contact me to assist you every step of the way with all your real estate needs.  Bonnie can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 760-613-6889.

Tax Credit Extensions Could Affect Your Home

If you thought you no longer qualified for tax savings on improvements done in 2011 or 2012, you’ve had a reprieve. The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 extended residential energy tax credits for existing energy efficient homes retroactively, meaning that certain improvements made on your home since the former expiration date of 2011 now can be applied.

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